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Vernon County driver to reach homicide plea instead of going to trial



A Viroqua driver charged with causing a deadly 2017 highway crash, while reportedly under the influence of drugs, will avoid a trial and reach a plea agreement instead.

Corey Bolstad’s homicide trial in La Crosse County court had been scheduled for next week but he now has a June 27 plea hearing, when he also could be sentenced.

Police say Bolstad killed 65-year-old Rebecca Berndt of Onalaska two years ago when his commercial pumping truck crashed into Berndt’s Ford Explorer and then kept going until it ran into a house.

Bolstad allegedly had taken meth and heroin before driving.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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